Have Your Say

Have-your-say At Diverse Cymru our aims, ideals and services are all based around empowering and uplifting the voices of people facing inequality across Wales. Have your say and help us keep our work true to this principle and true to the needs of our service users.

Your Experiences: Personal stories about the services you use and the support you require.

Your Views: Respond to consultations, legislation and the issues which affect you.

Our Responses: Read our responses to consultations. ­­­ As a national equality charity in Wales we particularly want to hear from:

  • Disabled people (physical, learning, mental health, sensory or hidden impairments)
  • Black and Minority Ethnic people (including Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people)
  • Lesbian, gay and bisexual people
  • Older people
  • Young people
  • People of different religions or faiths
  • Transgender people
  • Women

Consultations from Cardiff Council

Cardiff Council consults people to get their views before they change services or policies.

Current consultations from Cardiff Council are:


Survey on access to education, employment and training for young parents

This survey is for all parents and expectant parents under 25 living in Cardiff.

Cardiff Council wants to know about the barriers young parents face to accessing education, employment and training.

Complete the survey on your experiences here: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=152165045514

Deadline: 20th June


Have your say on public rights of way

Do you use paths in Cardiff for walking, by wheelchair, cycling, horse riding – or just getting outdoors?
If so, Cardiff Council’s Public Rights of Way team would like your ideas and views.
This survey is to help Cardiff Council compile a new Rights Of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) to make it easier for walkers, cyclists and equestrians to enjoy the countryside. 

Public Rights of Way (PRoW) include Footpaths, Bridleways and Restricted Byways, but not roadside pavements. 


More information is on Cardiff Council’s website here: https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Parking-roads-and-travel/Public-rights-of-way/ROWIP/Pages/default.aspx


Complete the survey here: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=152292770165

You can also write to:

Tricia Cottnam, ROWIP Officer,

Public Rights of Way Team (room 301),

Cardiff Council,

County Hall,


CF10 4UW

Or email: rowip@cardiff.gov.uk


Deadline: 31st August 2018


Cardiff’s Transport and Clean Air Green Paper

Changing how we move around a growing city

We all know Cardiff’s transport network needs to change. Too many of us have been stuck in traffic trying to drop off our children, or late for work because the bus didn’t turn up, and whilst a growing number want to walk or cycle, the facilities to do so are often inadequate.

There is also now a more alarming and pressing matter. Pollution levels in Cardiff are now damaging our health. Improving the air we breathe has become a matter of life or death. The latest figures from Public Health Wales suggest that the number of death per year that can be attributed to poor air quality has increased to over 225 across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.  With Cardiff growing faster than any other UK city outside of London and projected to grow by more than every other local authority in Wales combined it is essential that action be taken before it is too late.


This paper sets out our big ideas of changes we could make that we believe would improve transport and air quality in our city. They are all possible but we want to have a conversation with the people of Cardiff about the issues, and how changes could impact their lives because, ultimately, we will all need to shape our future together.


For more information and the paper visit: https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Parking-roads-and-travel/transport-and-clean-air-green-paper/Pages/default.aspx

Complete the survey here: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=152154762388

Deadline: 1st July 2018

Or come along to the Diverse Cymru engagement group:

Friday 22nd June

Registration 1:30pm

Event: 2 to 4:30 pm

Taff Housing Conference Centre (in the car park behind Diverse Cymru and Taff Housing Association)

307-315 Cowbridge Road East




Email Shelagh.maher@diverse.cymru or call Shelagh on 29 2036 8888 to book your place.

Your well-being, Your Government

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Diverse Cymru and C3SC are launching an exciting new project, “Your Wellbeing, Your Government” and would like to invite you to attend one of our launch events in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. We also have a number of other engagement events coming up that you may be interested in attending. Please see below for dates and times. The attached document gives more information about each event. If you would like to attend any of the events please complete and return the enclosed booking form or you can email me at shelagh.maher@diverse.cymru or telephone me on (029) 2036 8888 ext 255. The events are free to attend but places must be booked.Registration form – Ffurflen Cofrestru 

The events are:

  • Vale Your Government, Your Wellbeing Project Launch

 Monday 20 November 2017, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

Corporate Suite, Civic Offices, Vale of Glamorgan Council, Holton Road, Barry, CF63 4RU.

Free event. Tea and coffee included.

  • Cardiff Your Government, Your Wellbeing Project Launch

Friday 24 November 2017, 1.00 pm to 3. 00 pm

Taff Housing Conference Centre

(in the car park behind Diverse Cymru)

Alexandra House, 307-315 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, CF5 1JD. Free event. Tea and coffee included.

At the above events you will also have the opportunity to take part in informal focus group with Age Cymru who would like to find out about your views on social care advocacy.

  • Cardiff’s future – what do you think? An event for Black and Minority Ethnic young people aged under 26

Monday 11 December 2017, 6.30 pm, City Hall, Cardiff

All the events are free to attend and we can reimburse travel, access, childcare, replacement care and other reasonable costs related to you attending the event. We particularly welcome people from diverse backgrounds.

Featured Consultation

Diverse Cymru regularly respond to consultations from the UK and Welsh Governments, local councils, and Local Health Boards.

Recently there has been a focus on housing. This includes:

  • Affordable (social) housing
  • Housing options to meet the needs of an ageing population
  • Housing for disabled people
  • How welfare reform has affected different people

Diverse Cymru is committed to gathering the views of diverse communities in Wales. We would like to hear your views to help inform our responses and views. We would be grateful if you could fill in the attached questionnaire as soon as possible. You do not have to answer every question. If you do not feel a question applies to you just skip it. More information will help us to understand more details of your experiences.

All responses are anonymous. We will not use any details which could potentially identify you or anyone else. Equality questions are only used to identify where there are different views and experiences for different communities.

You can complete an online form of the questionnaire here

Or if you prefer, you can complete a Word document of the questionnaire in the link below and email it back to Diverse Cymru (contact details included).
Diverse Cymru Accessible Housing 2017

The Healthwise Wales programme is also being run by the Welsh Government and looking for contributions. Please do visit their website for further details

Diverse Cymru in Partnership with C3SC and Race Equality First have formed an exciting new Network. The Network is open to any Community Group, Charity, Social Enterprise, LGBTQ+ group, Faith group or other third sector organisation, predominantly working on areas of equality and human rights in Cardiff. Members will have the opportunity to feed in information from disadvantaged communities and people facing discrimination in all areas of Cardiff.The Network aims to change equality and human rights legislation, policy and practice to make a difference to people’s lives. We meet up quarterly and we are encouraging new members.

To Join us email Thorin at Thorin.m@c3sc.org.uk or call 029 20 48 5722


Your Experiences

Diverse Cymru are looking for people’s experiences and stories to help support our work to improve services, policy and practice throughout Wales. If you have a story to tell, whether you’ve had a good or a bad experience or if you think something could have been done better, let us know about it. As we collect these stories, which can be anonymised if you would like, we can use them to let services like those below know how they can improve and be more responsive to the needs of people, particularly across the protected characteristics.

  • Healthcare
  • Mental Health Services
  • Social Care
  • Wellbeing
  • Welfare and Benefits
  • Poverty
  • Social Exclusion
  • Equality and Human Rights
  • Hate Crime and Community Safety
  • Education
  • Employment

You can send us your experiences:

Through our online form:

Name (required)

Email (required)


Your experience

By email: Shelagh.Maher@diverse.cymru

Or by post:

Have Your Say
Diverse Cymru
307-315 Cowbridge Road East

Your Views

Current Consultations

From the National Assembly for Wales:

Diverse Cymru engages with both Local and National Government and the public sector on the issues that are most important in promoting equality across Wales, particularly where these issues effect people who would fall under one or more of the protected characteristics, by developing policy positions and offering practical recommendations.

Part of this process involves responding strategically to Welsh Government consultations that will have the biggest impact on people affected by inequality across the nation. Unfortunately, and although we share the details of these current consultations with our supporters, there are often too many being undertaken simultaneously for us to be able to provide a comprehensive response in every case. If you have an interest in giving your views on consultations around:

  • Healthcare
  • Mental Health services
  • Social care
  • Welfare and benefits
  • Poverty
  • Social exclusion
  • Equality
  • Well-being
  • Hate crime and community safety
  • Education
  • Employment

Please let us know by email: ele.hicks@diverse.cymru

Or by post:

Have Your Say
Diverse Cymru
307-315 Cowbridge Road East

If you would like to get more involved you can help us respond to consultations, gather other people’s views and research reports and available evidence by applying to be a volunteer with the Policy and Public Affairs Team.

Our Responses

Diverse Cymru briefing papers on issues and solutions with recommendations based on engagement with diverse communities. Read our responses to consultations, inquiries and other calls for evidence.

Diverse Cymru gathered the views of diverse communities in Cardiff about Communities First and ways forward to tackle poverty.

Views from this focus group have been used to develop a briefing paper and recommendations.


Welsh Government Mental Health and Substance Misuse Framework

Welsh Government Equality Objectives

Welsh Government Social Services and Wellbeing Act Code of Practice (Part 10 – Advocacy)

Future Arrangements for the Welsh Government Equality and Inclusion Programme

Commissioning Mental Health Services in Gwent



The Equality Act 2010 and its Impact on Disabled people – UK

Inquiry into the Timeliness and Accuracy of Benefit Delivery – UK

You can read the rest of our consultation responses on our Media Page.

You can also share your views about health, social care and well-being services in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan with our Co-Creating Healthy Change project.